In front of his television in Nogales, Hop Bachelier has squinted and tried to follow the harried procession of special teams players running on and off the field.
“It’s nerve-racking,” said the 79-year-old former Arizona Wildcats baseball player, “because I want to see his number, but there’s so many people going in and out of the game.”
His grandson, Ben, is in there somewhere.
NAU’s senior longsnapper is more noticeable, it seems, off the field.
The last two seasons, his 3.97 GPA has been the best on the Lumberjacks, who open the season Saturday at Arizona Stadium.
The Nogales High School graduate even helps prepare the field.
As a member of the “Cardinals Crew” for three years, he has cut outdoor practice fields and tamped down artificial turf inside the Walkup Skydome to prepare for NFL training camp.
Remaining anonymous isn’t the worst thing when you play Bachelier’s position.
Read more about Bachelier in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.